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SubjectRe: Bug: Discontigmem virt_to_page() [Alpha,ARM,Mips64?]
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On Thursday 02 May 2002 03:46, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 03:35:20AM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > On Thursday 02 May 2002 02:20, Anton Blanchard wrote:
> > > > so ia64 is one of those archs with a ram layout with huge holes in the
> > > > middle of the ram of the nodes? I'd be curious to know what's the
> > > > hardware advantage of designing the ram layout in such a way, compared
> > > > to all other numa archs that I deal with. Also if you know other archs
> > > > with huge holes in the middle of the ram of the nodes I'd be curious to
> > > > know about them too. thanks for the interesting info!
> > >
> > > From arch/ppc64/kernel/iSeries_setup.c:
> > >
> > > * The iSeries may have very large memories ( > 128 GB ) and a partition
> > > * may get memory in "chunks" that may be anywhere in the 2**52 real
> > > * address space. The chunks are 256K in size.
> > >
> > > Also check out CONFIG_MSCHUNKS code and see why I'd love to see a generic
> > > solution to this problem.
> >
> > Using the config_nonlinear model, you'd change the four mapping functions:
> >
> > logical_to_phys
> > phys_to_logical
> > pagenum_to_phys
> > phys_to_pagenum
> >
> > to use a hash table instead of a table lookup. Bill Irwin suggested a btree
> > would work here as well.
>
> btree? btree is not an interesting in core data structure.

Well, I didn't really like the btree for this application either, but I see
his point.

> Anyways you
> can use a btree with discontigmem too for the lookup. nonlinear will pay
> off if you've something of the order of 256 discontigmem chunks with
> significant holes in between like origin 2k, and I think it should be
> resolved internally to the arch without exposing it to the common code.

Those mapping functions are all defined per-arch, in page.h. The only part
of this patch that affects the common code is the new distinction between
logical and physical address spaces (which are the same when the option
isn't enabled).

--
Daniel
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